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4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars-veteran Huston steals the show right from under Bogie!
Warners 2003 release in a 2 disc format of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is certain to please the fans of this now legendary film.Released in Jan/48 it managed to get three Academy Awards,two for John Huston as director and screenwriter and one for his father Walter Huston.Huston in the twilight of his career manages to steal the show many times over and his...
Published on April 18 2010 by Robert Badgley
3.0 out of 5 stars GRIPPING DRAMA, WONDERFUL TRANSFER!
"The Treasure of Sierra Madre" is a story of greed, deception, murder and adventure - and that's just for starters. It stars Humphrey Bogart as Fred Dobbs, a reprobate who eschews the work ethic at every turn for a handout or the prospect of getting rich quick. Naturally, a prospect from an old codger, Howard (Walter Huston) - that Dobbs and another greed driven...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 1/2 stars-veteran Huston steals the show right from under Bogie!,
Warners 2003 release in a 2 disc format of The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is certain to please the fans of this now legendary film.Released in Jan/48 it managed to get three Academy Awards,two for John Huston as director and screenwriter and one for his father Walter Huston.Huston in the twilight of his career manages to steal the show many times over and his performance tops even that of the name star in this picture,Bogie.Not to take away too much from Bogie,it is an all around solid cast with Tim Holt as the third amigo in this tale of deceit,lust and redemption.
The story starts with a down and out Fred Dobbs(Bogie)stuck interminably in Tampico,Mexico.Having arrived years before working for big corporations exploiting the riches of the land he is now out of work and broke,living from hand to fist.He hits up the same man three times without realizing it as he never looks up(director Huston in a dapper white suit and panama hat).Getting enough money for a bed in a flop house he meets Bob Curtin(Holt) and an old prospector Howard(Huston).Howard talks up a storm about his prospecting days around the world while Curtin and Dobbs listen in.He claims the Sierra Madre Mountains contain a dearth of gold and wishes he could go after it.After a night of contemplation Dobbs talks Curtin into the idea of actually trying to hunt for gold and they approach Howard.Howard says it's alright with him but they're still a little short of money.Just then a small boy(cameo by Robert Blake) comes by to tell him he has won on the ticket he bought a few days before.With the money now in hand the three head into the mountains.
After days of trekking and climbing they reach an area that Howard says should be fine for mining.They set up their equipment,build a sluice and soon thereafter are finding what they came to seek.Dobbs slowly but surely,day after day,becomes paranoid about his partners and their intentions towards his gold.Even after Curtin saves Dobbs after a mine collapse,it still doesn't convince him of their good intentions.Several spats result and Dobbs becomes more and more withdrawn.The paranoia is set aside however when an unwelcome fourth man enters the picture asking into the operation.Before the three can carry out their decision to kill him bandidos arrive to steal from them.It's a shoot out to the death until the Federalis arrive and chase the bandidos away.The Bandidos inadvertently took care of the fourth man as he is found dead as a result of the shoot out.
At this point some local Indians approach the camp asking for some assistance for a sick young boy,close to death.Howard goes off with them,brings the boy back to consciousness,and returns to the group.More bickering ensues amongst the partners,much of it pressed by Dobbs,whose paranoia is now slowly rearing its' ugly head again after a brief respite.Just as the three decide to leave the area the Indians again show up wanting Howard to return to the village as an honoured guest.He does so and Dobbs and Curtin head back to await for Howard's return.Along the way Dobbs' paranoia hits a peak and he "kills" his partner.When he goes back to bury him in the morning the body is gone.He assumes he was eaten by a mounatin lion,but in reality Curtin dragged himself off to a nearby Indian village where he gets medical attention and Howard and he are reunited.He relates his sordid tale to Howard and they decide to leave and find Dobbs to reclaim their share of gold.Dobbs in the meantime has had a tough slug of it coming down the mountain and has lost one mule out of the team already.He is desperate and out of water when he finds a watering hole.As he and his team of burros quench their thirsts the bandidos from earlier happen upon him.There is no where for him to run or hide and he is killed.They steal his burros and pelts to sell but dump the gold thinking it was a red herring and just sand.When they attempt to sell their merchandise in town they are caught and the Federalis finally catch them.They are executed just as Howard and Curtin arrive.The townspeople saved the pelts for Howard and Curtin but the men inquire as to where the more important stuff is.A small boy overheard the bandidos say they dumped it in an abandoned village just outside of town.A strong wind storm is coming up and by the time they arrive all they find are empty bags.All Howard can do is laugh at the irony of it all,as do the Indians who accompanied them and finally Curtin.Curtin and Howard part with Howard going back with the Indians to live out his life and Curtin returning to the States.
Wonderfully acted throughout this film is certainly a classic of its' kind and still holds up well even today.Bogie gives a good performance in paranoia and an off state of mind while Huston gives a great turn as an eccentric and grizzled old prospector who has seemingly seen and done it all but still is nobodies fool.Tim Holt as Curtin is the one in the middle,the apparent more sane and grounded of the two,who has to deal constantly with both men's idiosyncrasies;like a constantly moving pendulum.The Academy awards were certainly well deserved.The novel by Travens from which this came from to my recollection was terribly socialistic.That is it came at the story from an exploitative angle of big foreign business interests that stripped the Mexicans of their well deserved resources and hired labour from all over the world cheap in order to reap big profits.To convert that into the movie took a considerable talent and Huston showed he was certainly up to the task.A shining hour in the Huston cannon.
Technically this two disc set has been transferred well.The blurb on the cover tells us this film was restored visually and audially and was newly transferred.Well generally the picture is good and quite clear and crisp,but there are many instances of scratch lines and wear throughout which should have been removed and weren't.I think it's about time that a new remastering be done on this film to bring it up to snuff.However being 2 discs there are plenty of extras.There are featurettes on the movies' making and Huston's career,commentary,a vintage newsreel,two cartoons a funny Joe McDoakes comedy short,galleries,the /49 Lux radio version of the movie and a trailer for Key Largo.
In conclusion you won't want to miss the now iconic performance from Bogie as the down and out Fred Dobbs and you cannot miss Walter Huston's Academy Award performance as the old prospector,a scene stealing turn all the way.A classic that belongs on everyone's shelf.
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure of Sierre Madre,
This review is from: Treasure of the Sierra Madre (DVD)
The film depicts "Bogey" in a non-hero role. He does it magnificently! Walter Huston as the old prospector is superb as well. This is especially true since Walter was "working for" his son John who directed the great film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good video transfer,
This review is from: NEW Treasure Of The Sierra Madre - Treasure Of The Sierra Madre (Blu-ray) (Blu-ray)
Considerng that this is a fairly old movie, and has the problems that are common to films of that age (grainyness), this blu-ray version has done an excellent job. The story is naturally a classic one of greed and paranoia, no need to review it.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Treasure of the Sierra Madre,
This review is from: Treasure of the Sierra Madre [Blu-ray] (Blu-ray)
I rate this movie among the best ever made. Everything about it is five star rating: the cinematography, the direction, the story and the acting. It's going to be a major thrill to see it in blueray
5.0 out of 5 stars Treasure of Sierra Madre,
A very excellent film for it's time. DVD is excellent quality,. Service to get dvd was well worth it.
5.0 out of 5 stars John Huston's Masterpiece,
A brilliant film that combines solid entertainment with powerful character studies. It is a film that never ceases to interest even though it runs for over two hours. A master work that placed John Huston as one of the great directors in film history.
Humphrey Bogart arguably gives the best performance of his career. The transformation of his character, from a man who is a generous and loyal friend, to a man driven to evil through uncontrolled greed is fascinating. How Bogart did not win a best actor Academy Award, let alone not even get a nomination, is simply incomprehensible. It is such occurrences that makes one realize that the Academy Awards do not necessarily reflect the best performances, but just the winner of the flavour of the month popularity contest.
Walter Huston, however, did get recognition for his fabulous performance, deservedly winning the best supporting actor award. His performance oozes charisma, and this performance is really the blood of the film that makes everything else work.
Finally, Tim Holt gives the performance of his career. Even though he was a top box office draw in the 1940's and early 1950's due to the popularity of his B-Western films, it is this film that will give him posterity in film history. His performance in this film is solid, showing that he had an acting range and charisma that wasn't fully exploited during his film career, but of course is naturally over shadowed by the incredible performances of Humphrey Bogart and Walter Huston. Nevertheless, one cannot understand why Tim Holt did not have a more prominent film career after this film, since he comes across as a film actor with great potential.
The film is very cynical about human nature. Ultimately, there are no heroes in this film. Even the Walter Huston and Tim Holt characters were at one point in the film prepared to commit cold blooded murder to protect their interests, except with the exception of the native Indians, who are portrayed as simple but hard working people who live without materialistic pretensions. This follows the philosophy of the mysterious author of the book the film is based on, B. Traven, who wrote anti-capitalist and left-wing books critical of the inhumanity and greed of capitalism of the time the book was written, which was approximately in the mid-1920.
A thoroughly entertaining and interesting film that won't disappoint.
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite movie,
Treasure has always been my all-time favorite. Great story, great acting, great musical score and now a great transfer to DVD. This is how all classic movies should be restored. The picture is perfect ...both sharp and crisp .....a B/W masterpiece... Since buying it at Amazon I have view it several times.....it's the best.
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see classic movie with Bogie,
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre is a classic movie that has to be watched by movie fans. Set in Mexico in 1926, the movie tells the story of two down and out Americans who have nothing to their name except their meager salaries. The two men, Dobbs and Curtin, decide to team up with a weathered, old prospector, Howard, to go prospecting for gold in the mountains of southern Mexico. Soon enough, the trio happens upon a mountain just full of gold waiting to be found. What follows is a condmenation of human greed and want of unlimited wealth and riches. The three men become suspicious of each other immediately, thinking that the other two might steal their share of the gold. At the same time, the three must deal with bandits who will stop at nothing to get their possessions. The ending does provide for a brief message of hope. Everything from the cinematography to the acting to the writing is great in this movie. Movie fans everywhere should see this classic movie.
Humphrey Bogart gives an excellent performance as Fred C. Dobbs, a wayward American who believes that the power of gold would never make him change his ways and beliefs. Watching Dobbs morph into a money hungry, paranoid man is frightening. Walter Huston, father of director John Huston, plays Howard, the grizzled old prospector who is the only calm one in the group. Tim Holt stars as Bob Curtin, Dobbs' partner and the moral leader of the trio. The movie also stars Bruce Bennett, Barton MacLane, Alfonso Bedoya, and Manuel Donde. Also look for a brief appearance from John Huston as a well-to-do American who gives Dobbs some money for a meal. The 2-Disc Special Edition offers a ton of great extras. If you're a fan of this classic movie, you will love these extras. For a classic movie, ranked #30 in the AFI Top 100, with great performances, an excellent script, and beautiful scenery, check out The Treasure of the Sierra Madre!
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic depiction of greed wrapped in grand adventure tale,
The beauty of this classic film is that, while it certainly is a shattering depiction of how greed destroys a man and depletes one's innocence, THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE also works as an exciting adventure, with great-looking black-and-white scenery serving as perhaps a counterpoint to the darker things going on in the soul of Humphrey Bogart's Fred C. Dobbs. That a movie can be so entertaining yet so powerfully reflective of human nature is most likely what has allowed this film to live on ever since its release in 1948. Great entertainment that is also food for thought seems in such short supply in movies today that we really should treasure movies like this, especially when it's made this well.
5.0 out of 5 stars Greeeeeed!!!,
Greed wrecks Bogarts life.In the end I'm happy. Why? At least his two pals didn't die.The only one who suffered was himself. A ironic line of Bogart"My friends are coming behind me on horses" when he's faced by bandits after ditching his friends.In truth,his friends are riding on horses to get their gold back from him.They arrived too late.Chilling.....
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